Easy Triple Braided Updo Tutorial

Looking for an easy braid tutorial? This one is for you! This braided updo is perfect for summer and is a great hairstyle for weddings and summer events. Follow my step by step how to guide with photos and get a stylish updo in no time at all!

The back of a braided updo

If you knew me two years ago then you might recall me saying that I would never have long hair again. Which is why people must say, “Never say never!” because voilà: long hair and loving it!  I’ve so been enjoying playing with longer ponytails and experimenting with braids.  It’s interesting how you could be wearing a t-shirt and jeans, but if your hair is looking really extra the whole look suddenly feels special.

A Braided Updo You Can Do By Yourself

With the holidays fast approaching and party season upon us, we asked Mel to do an updo tutorial that was easy enough for anyone to pull off on their own hair, but that still felt extra special.  We are in love with this triple braided updo and it seriously takes all of five minutes… or even less!  Keep reading for the full tutorial…

Sectioning the hair for a braided updo

How To Style An Easy Triple Braided Updo

  1. Begin by sectioning hair into 3 low ponies.  The sections don’t need to be precise

Teasing the hair at the top of the head

2. Pinch and pull the hair above the ponytails to create more body and give it a messier look

Braiding the hair

3. Braid each section and secure with a hair elastic then gently pull at the braid to make it wider and more flat (see below).

Teasing the braids Three braids tied at the back of the head

4. Wrap the left braid under middle braid then over right braid and back around under the middle braid and secure with bobbi pins.  Do the same with the right braid.

Wrapping the braids around eachother Securing the end of a braid

5. Pull the right braid over the center braid then pin underneath center braid.  All of this will depend on the length of your hair. You essentially want to criss cross the braids over and under each other and then secure the ends with pins. 

Two braids wrapped around with one loose

6. Wrap the center braid from left to right underneath the braid bun and secure with bobbi pins.  You can pinch and pull the pieces of the braids to flatten them further and create an even more full braid bun.  Pin and hairspray any pieces that are left sticking out.

Tucking in the last braid for the updo Last minute styling to the braided updo Close up of the finished braided updo

Top, Mes Demoiselles from Shopbop

Photography by Katie Jameson

Tutorial by Mel Dominguez  (To book an appointment with Mel, email BookWithMelD@gmail.com)

(Enjoy this tutorial? You can see all of our hair tutorials here!)

A Braided Updo Is The Perfect Summer Hairstyle

When the weather starts to heat up, the last thing I want to do is wear my hair down! I want to get it off my face and neck and keep as cool as possible! This syle stays in place all day too, it’s really secure, so it’s a great style to wear to weddings and other long events.

Easy Updo That Takes Minutes!

This braided updo is so simple to do, and you can easily do it by yourself. I promise it won’t take you longer than 10 minutes to braid and twist your hair into this stunning style. The finished result is so pretty and elegant and it looks like you’ve spent hours in the salon!

Be sure to check out these other easy hairstyles!

Have you tried this easy braided updo? I’d love to hear from you! Be sure to leave a comment below and star rating!

Easy Braided Updo

This braided updo is perfect for summer and a great hairstyle for weddings. A step by step guide with photos for a stylish updo in no time at all!
Active Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: braided hairstyle, braided updo, easy updo tutorial
Yield: 1
Author: Jen Pinkston

Materials

  • hairspray
  • 3 elastic hairbands
  • bobby pins

Instructions

  • Begin by sectioning hair into 3 low ponies. The sections don't need to be precise
  • Pinch and pull the hair above the ponytails to create more body and give it a messier look
  • Braid each section and secure with a hair elastic then gently pull at the braid to make it wider and more flat
  • Wrap the left braid under middle braid then over right braid and back around under the middle braid and secure with bobbi pins. Do the same with the right braid.
  • Pull the right braid over the center braid then pin underneath center braid. All of this will depend on the length of your hair. You essentially want to criss cross the braids over and under each other and then secure the ends with pins.
  • Wrap the center braid from left to right underneath the braid bun and secure with bobbi pins. You can pinch and pull the pieces of the braids to flatten them further and create an even more full braid bun. Pin and hairspray any pieces that are left sticking out.

  1. Katie H.

    11/08/2017

    So chic and easy. I just wish I had thick hair!

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